Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF Fri-Yay/Good News

Today’s good news story comes from the Good News Network

One-eyed Cat Missing For 5 Years Shows Up on Offshore Oil Rig Baffling Owners
By Andy Corbley -Apr 28, 2022

Scottish SPCA

A five-year odyssey for a cat named Dexter seems to have finally come to an end after a long, covert stay at a prison was interrupted by his arrival onboard an offshore oil rig, which finally resulted in a call to animal services.

The cat was a regular “well-loved” hang about at Her Majesty’s Prison Grampian in Peterhead, Scotland, where staff used to “fuss over” him and even gave him the nickname One-eyed Joe.

Then a most unexplainable thing happened: One-eyed Joe somehow ended up in a shipping container a mile-and-a-half away at the town’s port before being shipped onto an offshore oil rig, where workers “ran away frightened” after the all-black cat jumped out of the container.

After filling out an incident card, (which must have been humorous) the staff aboard the rig took to Joe most kindly, who was now quite comfortable with living alongside the rig workers. According to The National Scot Newspaper, he was “spoiled rotten” during his time there.

Eventually, though, someone called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Aberdeen, who retrieved Joe after the cat had been flown off the rig on a helicopter—a remarkable feat considering how hard it is normally just to get a cat into a carrier.

“We were alerted to an incident of a cat being found in a shipping container offshore,” Aimee Findlay, a Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, said in a statement. “We’ve no idea how the cat ended up there but attended the heliport to collect him.”

One-eyed Joe was microchipped, and upon scanning the staff learned his name was actually Dexter, and that his owner had lost the cat five years ago.

“We are so glad that he was well looked after for the time he was missing but we’re even more delighted to be able to reunite him with his original owner, thanks to his microchip being up to date,” Findlay said.

The good news here is Deter was well taken care of and eventually united with his family. This week’s JohnKu talks about not giving up.

Faith by John W. Howell © 2022

If a loved one is lost,

Have faith that they will return . . .

Remember Dexter.

 

76 comments

  1. Bravo, Dexter! I love stories like this. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Darlene. I do too.

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  2. I remember this from the news! That cat certainly had some adventures. Lovely story, John. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend 💕🙂

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    1. Have a lovely weekend as well, Harmony. 😀

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  3. Oh, how cool! ❤

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    1. I know right?

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  4. Now that’s quite the adventure. It would be interesting to hear the story from his perspective. If cats could only talk. Have a good weekend.

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    1. They can. Trouble is we don’t understand what they are saying most of the time. (by design)

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  5. So heartwarming…there’s always hope!

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    1. Hope lives eternal. 😊

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  6. I agree with Frank. I’d love to hear all about his five-year adventure. It’s wonderful that so many people took good care of him while he was gone. I hope his original owners didn’t initially try to get rid of him and are happy to have him back.

    Thanks for my Friday smile, John.

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    1. I found it strange the story didn’t have a reaction from the owners. I hope they are happy to have him cause he is one heck of a cat. Thanks, Staci.

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  7. It’s a great story. I wonder if the black cat lurking under my bird feeders would like to take Dexter’s place for a while?

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    1. Ha ha ha. The one under your feeder needs a bell.

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  8. It’s always good news to see pets reunited with their owners. I’m happy for Dexter.

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    1. Me too. Glad he was chipped and the animal protection folks got involved.

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  9. What an outstanding story, John. Dexter had more of an exciting journey in life than many humans!!

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    1. I still wonder how he got to a drilling rig. Thanks, GP

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  10. For some reason, the photo is not loading here…

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    1. Sorry about that. it is Deter laying down and having his ears scratched.

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      1. Now I managed to see it.
        Maybe my internet connection had some kind of hick up.

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      2. Gotta pay those bills for sure.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story, John. I love a happy ending!

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    1. Me too, Jill. 😊

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  12. That story needs a movie.

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    1. I think you are right. Maybe a Hallmark production.

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  13. Sounds like Dexter has lived an interesting life.

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    1. Five years on the road is quite a long time.
      Lots of stories

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  14. I love today’s JohnKu!

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  15. That’s an amazing story, John! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Tim.

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  16. So happy Dexter found his family! And he could totally write a book about his adventures. I know I’d read it.

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    1. I would read it too, Teri

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  17. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a heartwarming story! I’ll definitely remember Dexter. Beautiful haiku, John. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I sure liked this story. 😊

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  18. Lovely story! I think Dexter used up several of his nine lives during his odyssey.

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    1. Let’s hope he can live long and prosper. Thanks, Noelle.

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  19. Great story, John. If Dexter could speak our language I bet he has an adventure or two he could tell.

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    1. I can imagine what he would say. Thank you, Deborah. 😊

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  20. What a tale! Cats do like any kind of “container.” Can you imagine how the workers reacted with a black cat jumping out? He must have been anxious to get out. Glad he was taken care of along the way and adapted to circumstances as they came. And chipped! I have a fondness for black cats and have had several. TGIF to you! Thanks for the good stuff – news has been bleak this week.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. Yes the news has not been good for sure. have a super weekend. 😊

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  21. Anonymous · · Reply

    Wonderful story,dear John! Thank you! 🙂

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Maria.

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  22. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    What an adventure for Dexter 🙂 So happy he was reunited with his family.

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Denise

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  23. I love your JohnKu today, and I especially love the story of Dexter/One-Eyed Joe. He had quite the adventures for five years. Imagine if he could talk, what stories he would have to share!

    I so glad he was reunited with his family and I hope he is still be spoiled rotten. A great FriYay, John!

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    1. I agree with you, Mae. Can’t beat a once was lost and now is found story.

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  24. That is quite a story, John. And the JohnKu is perfect! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Jan

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  25. And the cat came back ! A good cat story and the oil rig and all persons on board are okay/

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    1. Except the guy who walked under the ladder and fell into the sea,

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    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. 😊

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  26. What an incredible tale! And you’re right… Never give up.

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    1. I agree, Pamela. Thank you.

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  27. Never give up. Way to go, Dexter!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Michael

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  28. Nobody can escape. Now he has been chipped. Lol He could also become the mascott of a conspiracy theory. 😉 Thanks for this very nice story. It’s statement for the seven lives of a cat. Best wishes, have a great weekend, John! xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. Have a grat weekend as well

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  29. Nice one, John.

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    1. Thank you, Dan

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  30. What an amazing story! Just goes to show, don’t give up…

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    1. That is the story.

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  31. Great story, John. I smiled when I thought of the incident card and what it would say. We have to write incident reports at the library – no cats though! Thanks for sharing this and making me smile 🙂

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    1. Would read something like, “Brave platform workers gave black cat plenty of room to become used to the rig.”

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  32. Heartwarming story, John. Keep the faith, always. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. Enjoy yours.

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  33. Le sniff!
    Beautiful!

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  34. Man, if only that cat could write a book. What an incredible journey. 😉 I’m glad he was there to bring some levity and happiness to the prison and the oil rig.

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